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Tech Talks for Therapists

Tech Talks for Therapists guides therapists on how to assess child and family technology overuse, and how to assist families to better manage balance between technology and healthy living. Tech Talks for Therapists is a series of five one hour webinar sessions which include a variety of handouts and strategies to help families redesign lifestyles for health and success. Tech Talks for Therapists is now a university course for OT doctoral students!

The Tech Talks guide comes in five sessions.

Session 1   Introduction

Goals: recognize impact of recent rise in technology use on child and family.

Virtual Child – Tech Trends and Statistics:

Review trends toward escalating use of technology by children. Technology usage statistics. Introduction to Tech Talk series.

Session 2   Four Critical Factors for Child Development, Behavior, and Learning

Goals: identify four critical factors to optimize child development, learning and behavior; explore a variety of initiatives to enhance movement, nature, touch, and human connection.

Play Deficit – Movement and Nature

Impact of sedentary and nature deficit lifestyle on child development, behavior, and attention/learning; obesity/diabetes, sleep deprivation, developmental delay.

Tech Neglect – Touch and Human Connection

Profile touch deprivation and attachment disorders diagnosed as mental illness; create structured family reconnection plan.

Session 3   Impact of Technology on Child Physical and Social Development

Goals: review research on impact of technology on four domains of human function: physical, social, mental and cognitive; identify family issues related to technology overuse; enact counteractive measures.

Tech Fat – Brain/Body Development

Knowledge regarding technology impact on body and brain development.

All Alone – Social Development

Speech delays, establishing self-identity, social networking, video games, pornography

Session 4   Impact of Technology on Child Physical and Social Development

Goals: review research on impact of technology on four domains of human function: physical, social, mental and cognitive; identify family issues related to technology overuse; enact counteractive measures.

Tech Crack – Mental Development

Identify causal factors for technology addiction. Quantify level and type of technology addictions.

Learning Paradox – Cognitive Development

Educational technology risks/benefits, strategize and plan for content/duration of educational technology use.

Session 5  Strategies, Tools, and Case Study

Goals: review technology reduction and management strategies and customize for family; identify long term goals and supports; enact technology maintenance procedures; measure functional outcomes of Tech Talks webinar.

Creating Balance – Tech Reduction

Determine technology usage plan and complete technology schedule. Enact family designed technology management strategies.

Be a leader in the field of addressing the impact of technology on child development and learning, and give the families you support the edge they need to succeed.


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Tech Talk for Therapists Reviews

"Quality info!
The most applicable part of Tech Talks for Therapists are the handouts I can use with my clients e.g. Technology Guidelines for Children."

Speech Language Pathologist

"So many of our families don’t know this information, which is so important for the families we serve."

Educator

"This webinar series will help you as a therapist to learn everything you need to know about the most recent and relevant information of how overuse of screen based technology is affecting our young children's development, behavior, learning, and mind. You as a therapist, will understand how the temporary disconnect from screens may aid your clients to rapidly meet their developmental goals in a way you never realized existed based on the powerful reconnection with the initiatives of movement, nature, touch, and emotional connections easily laid out by Cris Rowan. The ability to empower both yourself and your clients with these initiative tools will make therapy fun and highly impactful and is right at your fingertips. Decisions regarding your own use of screen based technology in your practice can be made based on your understandings gleaned through this resource. You will also have all the materials you need to guide a family to adopt an important reduction plan with the all powerful "unplug." Recognize and maximize the potential of your therapy hours when screen based technology is reduced within the family. This series gives you all the tools to make this a reality."

Lori Frome M.Ed.
Early interventionist/Elementary Educator